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9/27/12 10:26 P

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I changed my goal weight a few times. I had finally settled on a weight that was 7 lbs over what would be a healthy BMI, but a funny thing happened when I began maintenance. I lost 5 lbs in the first two weeks. That put me in striking distance of reaching a healthy BMI. So I revised my goal to an additional 5 lbs to get a toehold in officially healthy land. This is the lowest weight I have been in approximately 30 years. So your goals may morph and refine a bit with time.

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9/27/12 3:33 P

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Bridget, you CAN increase muscle mass and bone density. Maybe not at the rate that you would have at a younger age, but we don't have to lose it and can actually gain both with weight-bearing exercises.

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9/27/12 1:13 P

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I kind of like having a moving target. There's always room for improvement. emoticon
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9/27/12 1:03 P

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I'd like to be able to look in the mirror and see no wrinkles, glossy brown hair, nothing sagging. No goal can bring back youth. But I can accept the age adjusted look as long as my weight is where I want it to be. I think. I might change my mind as I pass 70. Or 80. There's only so much a diet program can do.

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9/27/12 12:45 P

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I've been thinking a lot about this too. I'm at around 150 right now, which was my goal when I started and is my lowest "adult" weight. I was in the 140s in high school, when I was very active. According to BMI, I'd be in the "normal" category at 140, but I'm not a small frame and I have a large chest and hips. Overall I like how I look now, although there's some areas I'd like to tighten up, which I know will require working out (ugh). I got here without working out, and I hate doing it, so we'll see what I figure out about that.

I am like you though, a very goal oriented person, so this has been unsettling for me also. I'm trying to let go of that and just go based on how my clothes fit and how I feel, but it's still hard to not have an actual goal.

Working on maintaining at 140!

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9/27/12 12:08 P

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NancyAnne,
I think you make a good point about maybe not being 100% happy with our looks. After all, it is not just extra body fat that makes us less than 100% happy, it is also any other flaws that we notice (and often others don't). Perfection of any kind is not a good goal.

I'm going to find out my % of body fat for the first time ever today and hope to get it down to around 18-20% eventually. This is going to be an exercise in patience more than anything.

I suspect that it is much closer to 30% right now even though my weight is about where I want it to be. I'm willing to eat and exercise well and in moderation in a way that fits my lifestyle and my interests but I'm never going to make body composition a primary goal in life any more than weight (loss or maintenance). I also realize that at my age, 49, I can gain a little muscle because I have so little right now in my upper body, but eventually both my muscle mass, bone density and overall athletic performance will decline gradually.
After all I want to be healthy and strong to improve my quality of life not spend my life trying to fit the stereotype of beauty. This is especially important for me because I have a teenage daughter who is going to watch what I do more than listen to what I have to say.

Birgit

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9/27/12 10:41 A

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The perfect weight ideally would be when you look in the mirror and say "I like what I see!".

But then, other factors come into play:

For me, I like the way I look when I am at about 15% body fat and about 153 pounds, since I carry it all in my hips. When I get down that low I start to be more proportionate. But then there is the live-ability factor, and the fact is that I just can't sustain like that for long without feeling deprived all the time, and that is no way to live.

So my goal is simply to hold in the 150's. I'm not 100% happy with the way I look, but it's more realistic.

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9/27/12 10:35 A

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You lose BF% the same way you lose pounds- It's all the same fat coming off, you're just counting it different.

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9/27/12 9:50 A

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Funny you post this message! I have decided to lose more weight but this time I want to focus on BF% instead of losing poundage. I am trying to figure out how hard it is lose BF% vs pounds...

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9/27/12 8:27 A

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I think it's all about what you see in the mirror and self respect. Living a healthy lifestyle is more important than a number.

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9/27/12 1:24 A

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I don't believe in a perfect weight but in a perfect body composition. It is the point when you can do all the activities you enjoy and like what you see in the mirror.

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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9/26/12 9:41 P

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I don't think there is a perfect weight. I think there is a perfect range and that is when your weight does not present a health risk. If you want to get lower than that it becomes more about vanity. I recently went to see my doctor and we discussed this very issue. He kept mentioning that I am at my ideal weight (he also measured my waist) and said there is no benefit to losing any weight below where I am now. I will continue to monitor my weight but I will also be paying attention to my waist and hip measurements as well.

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9/26/12 9:36 P

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When I started on SP, I wasn't at an unhealthily high weight; I just couldn't fit into many of my clothes, and I felt I was heading in the wrong direction. So, I went from about 135 down to a lowest weight of 111, which was way too low for me. Over the next year, my weight leveled up at about 117-118, with body fat of about 8%, and a BMI in the underweight range. I actually felt good at that weight, and most of my stuff fit, but I did look gaunt.

The perplexing thing is that I thought I had found a sustainable weight there. I was eating what I liked, doing as much exercise as I felt able to fit in, and my weight just stayed about the same. In the past year, since moving to Florida, I've put on about 5-6 pounds and 7% body fat, and I have no idea why. My calorie range and eating habits are basically the same, except perhaps for more wine in the evening; I'm exercising MORE; and my stress level is down. I'd rather be below 120 again, but am considering that the middle of my 118-125 range (121.5) might be my new sustainable. I'm trying to get there by cutting back on wine to 1 glass a day, just to see where that gets me.

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9/26/12 8:10 P

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I don't think there is a "perfect" weight, at least not a permanent one. My WW goal was 114 when I was 21 years old. It was the lowest weight for my height on a chart they had. I bounced between 109 and 114 for years, then "absorbed" 10 pounds during menopause. I felt awful, but was it weight or menopause? I'll never know. Was that 109-114 perfect? Maybe for then, but not for now. I am down to 102 these days (goal of 106). I feel great but I sure can't eat very much. I don't mind. My old lady body doesn't get as hungry as it used to.

"Perfect" is a combination of what you want and what you are willing to sustain. No formula, no charts, no number. I had to try each weight on like clothes, see how it felt. Only you can decide. Don't worry about being "too thin". I have a BMI of just under 18 and my doctor isn't concerned at all. I think I look pretty good for an old lady.

But who knows how I'll feel about it next month or next year? I can change it at any time. You asked the right question without the right emphasis. It's "How do YOU know when YOU'VE found YOUR right weight?" Only you can answer that, and the answer can change over time.

It's a good problem to have! Did you ever think you'd get to the point when you can actually choose your weight and get there and stay there? What an adventure!

Nell

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9/26/12 8:02 P

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Great question ! For me I'm still trying to figure it out my doctor wants one thing and my body wants something else I'm beginning to think & believe my body knows more then the doctor does

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9/26/12 7:56 P

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I shifted into maintenance once I got into the top of my BMI range. I made the transition gradually and slowly started adding calories, at first spread out over the week to figure out what my daily average should be and then slightly lowering my daily average six days a week but adding a more liberal splurge meal on weekends. I continued losing for a few months as I upped my calories then eventually leveled off. I decided it was time to stop when I had upped my calories to a point where I wasn't losing any more. I was happy with the way I looked and felt I could live how much I could eat and my activity levels in the long term. It wound up being about 10 pounds under my initial goal.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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9/26/12 7:51 P

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Well, at first I set a goal that seemed doable and reasonable. It was still in the overweight category for BMI, but it seemed like something I could do. Once I met that goal, I realized I could loose more and maybe even make it to a healthy BMI. So I decided I would try for a healthy BMI, but if my body gave up on the way, I would perhaps let it. When I made it to a healthy BMI, I went about 5 pounds below the line, then started switching to maintenance, in which I lost another 5 pounds, before I managed to get into maintenance. Now I am happy having that wiggle room and probably being a healthy weight for the first time in my life. I don't think I was this light in high school. Not sure when I weighed this light. Never really thought it was possible when I started.

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9/26/12 7:49 P

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Hi,
I am at maintenance weight for about 6 months and also train with a trainer. Determining my weight was a combination of scale, measurement and fat percentage. The fat percentage can be a little iffy because the calipers and electronic fat percentage measurers are both inaccurate. Some people think I am too thin, but I feel the best I've felt in year. The trainer tends to push me to be on the leaner side. We are trying to get me into the "good" fat percentage range which is 2% points from where I am.

Best wishes to you for continued success on your weight loss journey. Carol

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9/26/12 7:48 P

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When I got "close" I decided to let my body decide for itself. I found a calorie range that left me feeling satisfied, and an activity level that felt good... and just maintained that behavior until I got to a point (beyond my wildest dreams) and said "whoa" and then decided to start trying to avoid losing more.

I know that's not very perfectionist, but it has worked for me...

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I'm at the tail end of my weight loss journey, but am hoping to pick your brains with a question I've been curious about.

As I'm a larger framed gal, the BMI doesn't really work for me in order to get to my "sweet spot." I'm focusing more on body composition and have that checked every 4 weeks by a trainer at my gym using the calipers. I'm currently at 36% body fat, and I am looking to get below 32%, but since I do lose a little lean tissue with the fat when I lose weight (just like everyone else, even with strength training), trying to figure out where I should be can be tricky.

I'm a very goal oriented person, so dealing with this unknown is a bit uncomfortable for me. Did most of you have a set weight in mind? Set fat percentage? Go on instinct and what you saw in the mirror?

I've read the article series on here about determining one's "perfect" weight, but it can still be confusing, so some insight would be welcome. Thanks! :)

Jane

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